The Day of the Triffids

The BBC is to remake the John Wyndham classic “The Day of the Triffids”. Could be interesting! I read the book when I was still at school, that must have been 1976-77 or so.

After this book I also read Wyndham’s “The Chrysalids” and “The Midwich Cuckoos”. Now, older and wiser, I consider Wyndham as a “soft” sciencefiction writer, but I found his short story “The Wheel” very impressive.

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